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Published at: Sept. 3, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Welcome to the next image in a series of BTS photos I’m running in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. I’ve been informed that Empire Magazine had a big section devoted to rare Empire BTS pics and that we’ve overlapped a few times. Since I lean quite heavily on reader-submitted pics I often don’t know the origins of the photos. I myself haven’t seen Empire’s spread, but I’m sure they all will be popping up in the upcoming giant Making Of Book, which is released October 12th. So, my UK readers please forgive any repeats. To me these were entirely new. Case in point this excellent, if too small, look at the filming of the Wampa scene were Luke first uses The Force in a real, tangible we-can-see-the-lightsaber-move way. The framing of this photo, with the buried lightsaber in the lower right corner is impressive and I love seeing any SW photos where Lucas’ conscience, Gary Kurtz, makes an appearance. This is one of those photos that makes me feel like I was there and I’m extremely happy to share it with you folks. Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic is looking for the man with the hands! See ya’ tomorrow! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series


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  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    First

    by one9deuce

    Great pic

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Cool stuff

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    Everyone says it, but really love this column. Keep it going as long as you can!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    TESB is brilliant

    by one9deuce

    But why did the Wampa hang Luke upside down? And how did he do it??

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I've seen this one before, I can't remember where

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I remember thinking what the hell

    by elsewhere

    happened to Lukes face. Only until much later did I discover he wrecked his face in a car accident.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    And let the star wars arguments begin.

    by eric haislar

    Say it with me now. George Lucas rapped my childhood.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Does Lucas Require Everyone On Set To Sport an Awesome Beard?

    by Crow3711

    Because that is one awesome beard. Sweet pic. Great framing.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    George Lucas Doesn't Rap Erichaislar

    by Crow3711

    Though I'd pay to see him try.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Kurtz

    by secretcylon

    Keeping it real.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Fuck Lucas

    by darrenspool

    Lucas fucked my childhood up.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Ha! one9deuce

    by Fuzzyjefe

    That is a question I've asked myself over the years as well. <p> How the HELL did the wampa get him up there? Did it hold him up and spit all over his feet? Does the wampa shoot spurts of super-hot air from its horns? <p> HOW? HOW, damn you???

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    What's the bigger "If only..."

    by Fawst

    1) If only Kurtz and Lucas continued their partnership...<br><br>2) If only Lennon and McCartney hadn't parted ways...<br><br>I'm gonna go with 1.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    It's wampa poo

    by AdamWarlock

    ....actually more like a spider's web nozzle. BTW that was pretty cruel of Skywalker to just lop his arm off, he should have done a quick lightsaber beheading, or split him down the middle; it would have been much more humane.....much cooler to.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Fawst

    by secretcylon

    Definitely 1. It would've been sad watching the beatles get all 70's sounding, etc. Going through their embarrassing 80's phase, etc.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    What if Luke had to pee?

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    This would have been better with all green screen

    by Baron Karza

    Thats it, remake ESB George!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Making of ESB book...

    by Stale Elvis

    October 12th you say?? <br/> <br/> Amazon.co.uk sent me an email last night saying my copy has dispatched and is arriving tomorrow - I'll have all the ESB BTS pics I'll ever need tomorrow night.<br/> <br/> Kleenex at the ready...

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Uh, guys? Little help?

    by Royston Lodge

    That's a funny photo.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    How long?

    by redshirt

    Any idea how long Mark had to hang upside down for that shoot? That's not easy, at least for me.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    7 Dudes Witnessed Luke's New Power!!!!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    Plus the baby back ribs in the background

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Baron Karza

    by HapaPapa72

    Don't give him any ideas. Next thing you know we'll see Luke upside down and a backround of little Wapma caves and Wampa mothers and their Wampa young, playing with their dolls, holding them upside down...ripping their heads off, pretending to "eat" them the way Daddy Wampa is about to eat---hey wait a sec. This is all not sounding too bad!!! Make it so, Lord Lucas.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Although it woulda been cool

    by HapaPapa72

    To see some other animal leg bones sticking out of the ceiling alongside Luke. Maybe? Too much?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Is that Abraham Lincoln?

    by Amazing Maurice

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Annie: I think that's Fred Flintstone's lunch in the background.

    by Royston Lodge

    He always seems to have big, meaty meals.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Hang In There Baby!

    by skimn

    Meow...

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    One<p>That "too old" title should've been saved...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...for a Yoda BTS pic. <p>Two <p>If Gary Kurtz has some pretty sour grapes for Lucas' "conscience". He's like the Jimminy Cricket that Pinnochio was smart enough to squash with a mallet, instead of the Disney version.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Amazing Intro Scene!

    by The E

    I have to say, of all the hundreds of movies I've seen in my lifetime, this ranks as my all-time favorite “Intro scene”. Just amazing! The atmosphere, music, dread, framing, cinematography...and best of all the first use of the force. Nowadays, you'd (ie. Phantom Menace) have to have them “show all the goods” the first scene. But I love how they just tantalize the audience, and give them a taste. The slightly vibrating saber, perfect! Really captures how Luke is just learning the force, like a child trying to balance a glass of water in his hand for the first time. Just thinking about this scene makes me want to watch the movie over again. Admittedly the Wampa attack itself is kinda lame, swoop, kills ‘em, leaves the cave, scene done. But the moment leading up to him freeing himself from the ice is pure magic!<p> Fun Fact: Hamill got in a real accident leading up to the filming of Empire, which is why they incorporated this scene of the Wampa slashing his face.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Bad time to need a piss.

    by davidwebb

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Come back, Gary Kurtz!

    by Daytripper69

    All is forgiven! ... um, pretty please? Nah, Lucas would never let that happen, unfortunately...

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Gary Kurtz, Amish Second Unit

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    In typical AnythingforaBuckLucas fashion...

    by CatVutt

    You can purchase a replica of the clapboard Mark is hold in that other photo from starwarsshop.com.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Holding.

    by CatVutt

    Stupid no editing forum.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    if god made it that way..

    by Six Demon Bag

    we'd all be pissing in our faces!<P>LOOKS FINE TO ME

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    AND I THOUGHT THEY SMELLED BAD ON THE OUTSIDE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Alec Guinness?

    by Bib_Fortuna

    Is that him in the background reading lines? Nice.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Did most of us become movie geeks because of STAR WARS?

    by 3D-Man

    I think that is so. Great, great pic, Mr. Quint. Many thanks.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    LUCAS IS FAT

    by NippleEffect

    esp his head

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I WOULD'VE JUST SPIKED HAMILL'S HAIR UP AND FLIPPED THE CAMERA

    by BringingSexyBack

    But that's me. I like to do things the easy way.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    So basically everything CHOP watches is the A-Team?

    by davidwebb

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    FORGET THE PEE, WHAT IF HE HAD TO SHIT?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    IS THAT THE GRANDPA FROM WITNESS?

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    CHOP, please..

    by Billyeveryteen

    Go back to your insane rants.<p>This cut and past shit is insulting to your fans and foes.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Who's the Amish guy in the blue coat?

    by jbs9200

    Who's the Amish guy in the blue coat?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    DO WAMPAS EAT THE PENIS AND BALLS TOO?

    by BringingSexyBack

    That would be something to see.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Love the Kurtz beard

    by th3480

    Love it.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    THERE ARE NO BUTTONS ON KURTZ'S JACKET

    by BringingSexyBack

    Only hooks and eyes. Buttons are proud and vain, not plain.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    On the basis that Lucas rapped said childhood...

    by connor187

    well in a way, Lucas created your childhood! Ergo, its his to rape, no?.......(You giveth you taketh away).

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    DID Y'ALL CATCH JERSEY SHORE LAST NIGHT?

    by BringingSexyBack

    That was some crazy shit. I feel ripped off that the catfight got cut so short and at the end. Fuck, they were actually rolling credits over it. Jenny knocked Sammi down like the bitch she is. Good for JWoww. Sammi should've been thanking them for writing the note. WHO CARES if they didn't tell you to your face, they TOLD YOU. They were looking out for you, you ingrate. I swear Sammi is fucked in the head. Apparently he was spotted with Ron just a couple of days ago. Good luck, girl. You deserve each other. Anyway next week we see more of the fight and apparently Snooki got some blows in too. Fightin' that is. Hehe. And Vinny tells Angelina the truth, that she is an ugly bitch. But he ends up smushing her anyway. Crazy.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Williams rocked this scene

    by BoStrike1

    The way he timed the swell of strings to the panning shot coming to a rest between the stalagtites, and the force theme when Luke reaches for his saber are two of my favorite cues.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    SW plot hole...

    by darthwaz1

    and I dont mean the prequels- why the f*ck would Leia take the Falcon back to Yavin when she KNOWS theres's a tracking beacon onboard?! wtf?! and people complain about the prequels!? an Anyway that's a really cool pic.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    hole(heh heh)?

    by Wyndam Earle

    wasn't she just trying to get a rise out of Han by saying that it was too easy and they were probably tracking them? Besides, what were they supposed to do, go to Mos Eisley and get hammered while the rebellion gets crushed?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Plan, not plot hole!

    by Talandir

    Leia was taking the Death Star plans to the Rebel fighting force so they could use them to destroy the station. She knew she was taking a chance, but the Death Star had to be destroyed ASAP before Tarkin could turn more Rebel sympathasing planets into rubble.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    "Lucas's conscience"

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Enough already

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I was expecting Rocky

    by cgih8r

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    About that plot hole:

    by ricarleite2

    It did bother me for a while, and it is a snippet of sloppy writting by Lucas (he doesn't like to think too much on solving these problems on his writtings), but if you think about it, Leia was assuming they were being tracked due to getting out easily, she was not sure. Also, they did not have much time to stop and change ships. They had to quickly use the falcon to get to the rebel base and assemble the team to attach the Death Star's flaw. If they waited too long or bothered to go someplace else to change ships, the empire would get close and probably keep tracking them down, or, maybe, fix the Death Star's bug in time (not letting the rebels know about it, though).

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Kurtz is a Goddamn Creativity Vulture

    by Liberty Valance

    Gary Kurtz never accomplished anything in the movie business without a visionary mind like Lucas or Jim Henson to guide him. It's sickening to see him get unwarranted credit for ANH/ESB when every other project he's done on his own was a pathetic failure. "Lucas's conscience" my sweaty balls.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    James Cameron is as hated as Lucas these days

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Avatar and Titanic has earned Cameron an incerdible amount of hate from fanboys. Look at message boards around the interwebs and vitriol for Cameron is on par with the hatred for Lucas.<P>Which begs the question - who is now the fanboy's golden director? Peter Jackson dropped the ball with ROTK and Kong, so it has to be Chris Nolan. Nolan is the new God, but for how long?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    ROTK was dropping the ball?

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I don't know about that. But King Kong - definitely. What a shitty movie that was, especially in hindsight.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    And I thought Leia smelled bad between the thighs

    by leo54304

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    plot hole (again)

    by darthwaz1

    So why not stop off on some random planet to quickly check the ship for tracking devices before going on to Yavin? people sh*t all over the prequels for sloppy writing but there are plenty of plot holes in the OT as well.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'll be the first to admit Jenny and Snooki aren't the sharpest pencils in the shed. But like Jenny said, she was friends with Ron before they even met Sammi, so there are conflicting loyalties. I think we can all understand that predicament. Bottom line is she and Snooks did what was right, they let Sammi know through the letter. The After Hours show had a never-before-seen clip of Jenny telling Sammi that Ron slept around before Miami. And yet Sammi did nothing about it. So I think the precedent was set that telling her the truth face to face was not going to change things anyway. <P> I view Sammi as a ballbreaker. Ronnie treated her like a queen in the first season but they constantly fought because she's insecure. You could tell how much of a ballbreaker she is on the After Hours show last night. Didja catch that? Constantly beating him down no matter how much attention he gives her. I thought it was beyond ironic that she said, "It's not always about you, Ron." Well, it's not always about YOU Sammi! <P> It's like how Mike tried to apologize to Angelina for yelling at her about the dishes, but all she could do was say she didn't appreciate being yelled at. Well no shit bitch, he's APOLOGIZING ALREADY for it. Girls like that, just like Sammi. Fucking frustrating. It's like two different languages. <p> But I digress. Sammi had the audacity to tell Snooki and Jenny that they didn't know what she was going through and how she was feeling with Ron. Well, that just goes to show that Sammi is the center of her own universe because HELLLO Snooki had just dumped Emilio for cheating and was going through her own heartbreak. But Queen Sammi was too self-involved to even care about someone else. Everything is her her her. That's why she and Ron have problems and I don't understand why he stays with her. They're doomed. But it's great TV. <P>

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    LEO - "LEIA SMELLS BAD"

    by BringingSexyBack

    Wins the talkback. Done.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Gary Kurtz looks so intense

    by RPLocke

    George probably pissed him off by telling him about his action figure plan.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    darthwaz1

    by Talandir

    Maybe it's not so easy to find a hidden tracking device in a ship the size of the Falcon? And stopping anywhere might bring the Death Star down on them while they were searching. And switching ships might bring an Imperial attack on whatever planet the Falcon was left at. Not to mention the time it would take to buy/steal another ship capable of getting to distant Yavin. Plus, being an experienced pilot herself, Leia knew Han wasn't boasting about the Falcon's speed. That speed gave them the best chance of getting to the Rebel base in time to find the Death Star's vulnerabilities and take advantage of them.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Ok...when did this SW thread

    by BLEST

    turn into a bromosexual Jersey shore discussion?<p>GTFO. (and you BSB, usually a gentlemen of such high caliber...lol)

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    not to mention...

    by darthwaz1

    The Death Star plans weren't really worth racing to Yavin with at that point. They could've copied/duplicated the plans a hundred times over and sent them off to rebels elsewhere.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Just look at Kurtz's face

    by kevred

    He's taking this one shot more seriously than Lucas took the last 4 Star Wars films. Of course Lucas was the "visionary", but without the distinctive styles of everyone who helped make Star Wars and ESB, he'd be nowhere. Lucas's brain didn't make those models, light them, devise ingenious ways and mechanisms to film them, design those creatures and costumes, bring the lightsabers to life, etc.<p>Lucas had some brilliant visions. But he was damned lucky to work with just the right people to bring them to life in a way that was transcendent.<p>The Lennon/McCartney comparison is accurate. Without each other as challenging editors, they each got unfocused and produced a lot of filler (though probably better filler than the prequels were).<p>It was probably inevitable for Lucas to grow beyond collaborating, but there's no clearer case for the benefits of limitations than the first two Star Wars films.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Cameron is not even close to being hated like Lucas

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    What, because of a small minority of vocal fanboy no-lives? Yet most filmgoers loved Titanic and Avatar, and they were good movies. The difference is the prequels were disliked by many casual filmgoers and were disappointments. <p> And yes, the geekry (to cop Asi's terminology) turn on all their heroes eventually, to a greater or lesser extent: Jackson has been getting heat ever since ROTK, and certainly since King Kong, and Nolan will be next for the chop (probably undeservedly), when Batman 3 and Superman fail to live up to their unreasonable expectations. Such is the way with the geekry dimwits who live in bubbles of unreality. Thankfully, all these guys are professionals and don't give them the time of day, just getting on with doing what they are doing.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Gary Kurtz is Pete Best to Lucas and Kasdan's

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Lennon and McCartney. Never had any real talent, and did nothing thereafter, but held up by the fanbase as an unsung hero screwed over by his peers.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    The Making of TESB book is already out!

    by Wormie1

    Well, I received it from Amazon UK today. It's awesome stuff. Who knew that the original film (which we now know as Episode IV: A New Hope) was supposed to be Episode VI at one point? The book includes an early note by Lucas which lists Episode I as "Prelude", Episodes II-IV as the Clone War Trilogy, Episode V as "Epilogue/Prologue" and Episode VI as the first part of the Star Wars Trilogy.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    The_Choppah, look around these talkbacks...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    ROTK (and LOTR as a whole, even) have been called garbage here many times. It's not my opinion - the EE of ROTK is the best movie of the trilogy - but it has happened. There is no unanimous point of view on ANYTHING here.<p>...Except perhaps 'The_Choppah'.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Gary Kurtz once kicked me out of a Dark Crystal display.

    by zacUpquark

    It was at Denvention II, WorldCon in '81, and there was a display with DC production sketches, maquettes, costumes, etc. (The whole display was right next to the actual spinner car from Blade Runner, which they'd turn the lights on for every hour) We wandered past a velvet rope into the Dark Crystal, and were asked, very politely, to leave and come back when the display had actually opened. Kurtz. Gulp. He later hosted the first ever double-feature showing of SW & TESB.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    kevred

    by RPLocke

    Why are people praising this shit Kurtz, when Ralph McQuarrie and George single handily convinced 20th Century Fox to make Star Wars based on a a few paintings? Boggles the mind.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    those talking about the jersey shore should be...

    by alienindisguise

    slaughtered,thrown into a shallow grave then pissed and shit upon.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Wormie1

    by RPLocke

    Uh, pretty much everyone knows that. We knew it way back when ESB came out.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Before The Dark Times, Before The Prequels!

    by LaserPants

    I miss the days when Star Wars didn't suck. ESB is EASILY the best of the series. I don't see how anyone could even question this incontrovertible fact.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by RPLocke

    Before internet fanboys ruined everything.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Great behind-the-scenes pic!

    by Cervantes

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for Adywan's 'Empire:Revisited' next year...

    by Cervantes

    ...as it's bound to be superior to the 'Special Edition' ESB blu-ray release. He's even re-doing the 'wampa' shots for this particular sequence!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    That's a nice pic.

    by Yelsaeb

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Cervantes

    by RPLocke

    So when a fan reedits a SW movie it's okay, but when Lucas does it, he gets slammed?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    The fans feel they understand SW better than Lucas

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    That's the impression I get. As far as the OT is concerned, the fans have taken "ownership" of it. It belongs to them because Lucas has completely lost the plot (in their opinion). Hence a fan edit is awaited with big expectations, but the blu rays are certainly not.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    George Lucas rapped my childhood once.

    by The Garbage Man

    You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but MC 3Chinz has mad flow.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    But the fans feel that the EU is good

    by RPLocke

    and they buy 100s of the same Clone Trooper toy for their "Armies".

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Fuck all the haters...

    by Fred Garvin

    John Williams and ILM have been the most consistent part of this whole series....give them credit.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Fred Garvin

    by RPLocke

    What about Ben Burtt! On every OT commentary he talks about creating the Darth Vader sound.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter if Kurtz is unsung or not...

    by The Mothman

    He still talks sense regarding the 'tired' nature of the prequels, and his argument for focus on story over sales is pretty damn watertight if you ask me. ROTJ isn't a bad film, but after reading those Kurtz interviews it really does make you wonder what could've been. And once you get into that line of thinking, you start to imagine the prequels with Lucas only producing, The Dark Knight if it had been an hour shorter, Evolution if it had been done as a horror film etc etc...

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    My Grandmother understands SW better than Lucas

    by SmokingRobot

    And she has Alzheimers.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    I'm just sad that Kirshner directed Robocop 2 after TESB

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    BOMB!!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    You mean he didn't just turn the camera upside down?

    by RPLocke

    WOW!!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    remember you're failure in the cave

    by DarthBlart

    Empire had a lot of caves. the asteroid cave.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I wish people knew/remembered

    by utini

    that Kurtz was NOT amish. he was a Quaker then, but not hugely active. Also, the beard had nothing to do with that, just what he liked the look of.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Robocop 2 wasnt THAT bad

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    it had the funny failed robots and also the badguy robot was dope.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    do some Terminator 1 photos

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Once you get past your post-teenager anal age...

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    you will all realize ROTJ is just as awesome as the other 2.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    So no news about yesterday's horrible TF3 accident?

    by KilliK

    Bay's car stunt went wrong and ended up beheading a woman.ouch.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    TakingScorpiosCalls

    by RPLocke

    I had a rewatch of all six SW movies a few weeks ago, and while ROTJ has a fantastic Tatooine opening, and a great lightsaber battle to close out the saga, the middle part is so cutesy, and it strains credibility. The Speeder Bike chase was good, though.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    KilliK

    by sam jacksons wig

    If it had beheaded Bay I would have been alot happier.......

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    by sam jacksons wig

    My brother timely reminded me yesterday of songs we used to make up as kids to movie tunes. I would like to share this one with you all (as naff as it is..)- to the tune of Survivors Eye of the Tiger... maestro, if you will....<br><br><br> Risin' up<br>Beg for a treat...<br> lick your balls <br> howl for hours.....<br> Then chew the carpet as you piss up the seat<br> just a dog, and it's will to survive....<br> It's the eye of the spaniel, that's about to get wormed <br> as it shits in the middle of your drive way......<br> and the last thing you witness as it eats its own sick <br> is the filth that is covering uuuuuuup<br> the eye of the spaniel.......

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST

    You're lucky you only got that one.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...you could have got "You only see mice..." (to the tune of You only live twice...)and that would push anyone over the edge.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    The framing of the movie itself is excellent too.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    The TF3 woman wasn't beheaded

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    But she did suffer a serious head injury. She was an extra paid twenty-five bucks and she was placed in danger when she shouldn't have been. I hope this creates enough negative news to sink TF3 and Bay.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_ At_AICN

    by sam jacksons wig

    It wont unfortunately. He'll likely spin his way out of it and people will buy it.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    so thats how Bay manages everytime to make movie

    by KilliK

    under the budget.hiring extras instead of professional stunt-men to do the stunts of the movie for first.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Kurtz...

    by scrote

    Ya gotta love the guy for helping to nail one of the greatest sequels of all time. His non-involvement in Jedi is painfully obvious; that movie was f*****g awful in comparison.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, noon CST

    Yet Jedi is better than all of the prequels

    by elsewhere

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Really? I thought ROTS was better than Jedi

    by RPLocke

    the ending was better, too.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I didn't know Gary Kurtz wrote, directed

    by RPLocke

    and starred in ESB. What did he do again?

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ROTS wasn't even a movie let alone better than ROTJ

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    It was a giant video game storyboarded and edited by spidermonkeys on caffeine and cocaine.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    DANCE TEDDY BEARS DANCE!!!

    by RPLocke

    Waste.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Behind the Scenes pic from the Phantom Menace!

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Isn't it exciting! http://tinyurl.com/24lttje

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    The Star Wars Universe reached its onscreen zenith

    by Excelciyour

    with this badass shot right here. Fitting that Kurtz should be in frame since he was recently in the news after the Star Wars events in Orlando.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Hardboiled Wonderland

    by choonie

    Thats Fucking Hilarious. Bravo! Bravo!

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I Think The Fans DO Understand Star Wars Better Than GL

    by LaserPants

    That's what's so sad about what GL did to Star Wars. He didn't rape our childhood, he raped his own child.<br><br>Oh, and for reference in terms of what I'm talking about, how GL seems to have NO IDEA why Star Wars worked in the first place, see any / all of the Red Letter Media reviews on the prequels, especially the part with the behind-the-scenes clip of Lucas talking about Yoda and what fans "always wanted to see" (Yoda the Hedgehog? Uhh, no). Notice, also, how everyone around him, his employees, seem to wince whenever he says ANYTHING. He has NO IDEA what made them work AT ALL. It's no wonder why the best of the series -- ESB -- is also the one that he had the least direct involvement in making.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    GL Didn't Rape Our Childhoods, He Raped His Own Child

    by LaserPants

    That's his legacy, ultimately -- destroying a beloved piece of pop culture art he created for profit. GL not only hates you, he hates his own creation.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by RPLocke

    That's a stupid and wrong thing to say. The majority of SW fans still like the OT and still buy the toys games and books. That's not going away, so what's your point. You may not like the PT, but the Clone Wars cartoon series proves people do.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Also, only a delusional fan would think Lucas

    by RPLocke

    had nothing to do with Empire. Uh, yeah, he only wrote the story upon which the screenplay was based.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    GAY

    by PRESIDENT BALTAR

    GAY

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    RPLocke... Huh?

    by LaserPants

    Never said that GL had *nothing* to do with ESB, just that it's the one that he had the least direct involvement in making. Feel free to research this fun fact if you need to. <br><br>Further, it was Bracket and Kasdan who wrote the screenplay, fleshing out Lucas' bare bones idea into a full realized script. Again, well documented. Feel free to research it, you seem to have A LOT of free time.<br><br>GL *was* a good idea man, never a good director or writer -- he could come up with good ideas, but needed a phalanx of handlers and no-men to keep him on track. He had these people work with him on ANH and ESB. He then divorced his wife and fired the no-men who kept him on track in between ESB and ROTJ. Note the distinct drop in quality in his flims (yes, flims), from that point forward. The fact that ROTJ wasn't a total trainwreck (though it comes close) is nothing short of a miracle. (Oh, but I did like ROTS, though, I'll give Emperor Plaidshirt Neckfat that.)

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Comparing Lucas to Cameron is a joke

    by MandrakeRoot

    Lucas near-ruined one of the most iconic franchises ever by making three awful Star Wars movies that had absolutely no magic whatsoever. Cameron took 12 years off after his 11 Oscar winning film and came back with another revolutionary film that got rave reviews and smashed all sorts of records. Not to mention it's a great film. Flawlessy structured, excellement momentum, no pointless scenes, brilliant shots/ cinematography. And compared to the prequels, the performances were Oscar caliber. <p> The bottom line is Lucas has directed one good film in his career. Cameron has never directed a bad one. It's the mainstream success that has whiny fanboys backtracking on Cameron, but that's the price almost everyone pays. As Turd said, Nolan will get it too, just wait.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I mean no-one has ever said

    by MandrakeRoot

    No one ever said "Cameron raped my childhood". He knows when to call it quits on a franchise. If the story deserves a sequel, he makes it, and always delivers. If it doesn't, he moves on. Class act Cameron is.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Another reason

    by MandrakeRoot

    Cameron pioneers 3D because he firmly believes in it as an artistic choice for filmmaking to immerse viewers. George Lucas is now only going back to the well and re-releasing Star Wars in 3D because of Camerons success. If Avatar had flopped I can assure you there would be no 3D SW. Lucas is a hack who has lost all artistic integrity.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I Still Loathe T2, But Cameron Has WAY More Cred Than GL

    by LaserPants

    Even if you didn't like Avatar (I liked it lots!), you can tell that it was a labor of love that he really put his all into. Further, he actually delivered on the promise that it would be something exceptional -- he lived up to his hype. Lucas hasn't lived up to anything except the Law of Diminishing returns for nearly 30 years.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    And finally

    by MandrakeRoot

    Even if you didn't like Avatar, how would that equate Cameron to Lucas? Avatar was not a beloved childhood property, it was an original concept. So you didn't like it, big deal, you didn't like one of his movies. Why should he be loathed because of that? It makes zero sense. Is it his love for technology? Well unlike Lucas - his technology serves the story he told. We know Star Wars was made without the FX - but what Avatar did couldn't have been done. And sure he loves CGI but he would never go back and TAMPER WITH CLASSIC FILMS just so they looked better. God Lucas pisses me off and comparing him to Cameron pisses me off more. So off the mark it's not even funny.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Cameron ripped off GL

    by RPLocke

    Cameron was a truck driver when Star Wars came out, and he quit that to become a filmmaker.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Hang in there, Luke.

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Halfbreedqueen

    by RPLocke

    Wrong.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Ridiculous Fan Edit of ROTS

    by MST3KPIMP

    some guy spliced together all the spaceship takeoffs/landings in ROTS which there are quite a few of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmoP9eMsV6k

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    MandrakeRoot - To be fair

    by ObiBen

    As much as I loathe the prequels, Lucas directed three good movies.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Hardboiled Wonderland

    by ObiBen

    [standing ovation, clapping furiously]

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    ObiBen

    by RPLocke

    moron.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by ObiBen

    Gasp! A single word répartie! Impressive...Most impressive.